Visit of Enrico Letta, Italian Prime Minister, to José Manuel Barroso: extracts from the joint press briefing

Type: Summary of press conference   Référence: I077919   Durée: 02:49  Lieu: Brussels - EC/Berlaymont
On 02 May 2013, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, received Enrico Letta, Italian Prime Minister in Brussels. They both called for urgent action on growth and jobs backed by healthy public finances. This video shows extracts of the press briefing given by the Officials following their meeting.

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00:00:05 Enrico Letta, Italian Prime Minister, and José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, at the press conference 00:00:07
00:00:12 Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): I am very positively impressed with the strong European commitment of a Prime Minister who sees his country firmly anchored in the European Union and recognises the enormous benefits of Europe to its citizens. We both share an ambitious view on Europe's future, a federal future, a future as a political union that will enable the European Union and our citizens to meet the challenges of the 21st century. 00:00:34
00:00:46 Cutaway of a photographer 00:00:07
00:00:53 Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): Our main focus today was of course the current economic situation in Italy and the European Union as a whole. Prime Minister Letta gave me his honest and very comprehensive assessment of the situation that confronts Italy with huge challenges, including the unacceptably high levels of unemployment. 00:00:22
00:01:15 Cutaway of a photographer 00:00:05
00:01:20 Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): To conclude: I am really very pleased that Enrico Letta and his government are embracing the fate of their country with such courage and ambition, with responsibility, national responsibility, but also a clear sense of European responsibility. And the European Commission stands ready to assist Italy in this effort.And I wish you, Prime Minister, dear friend, and all Italian citizens the best for months and years to come. 00:00:29
00:01:50 General views of the press briefing (2 shots) 00:00:07
00:01:57 Soundbite by Enrico Letta (in ENGLISH): Our program is based in two main points; the first point is the constitutional reform for changing the credibility of Italian politics, the second one is the fight against the social and economic emergency. On this second point, I mentioned to President Barroso how we hope the fight against the youth unemployment that is form my point of view the real nightmare of my country, but also of the rest of the European Union. It is the main, the crucial point of our political and economical fight. 00:00:43
00:02:39 Departure of the Officials 00:00:10
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